Motivated by Love
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.Romans 8:29
When people accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, they are predestined to conform to the imagine of Jesus. What motivated Jesus to be a Light in this world, and to die for our sins? “God is love,” (1 John 4:8) therefore we must be motivated by love just as Jesus was motivated by love.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) This is the definition of love, and we are predestined to have this love from God. Love is key to being more like Christ.
When we minister to people, telling them about salvation through Christ: then over time love goes from the mind to the heart. When love is our hearts, we are changed, because love is the foundation of our new Godly character. Love in our hearts, opens our hearts to love everyone on the planet, even our enemies.
This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. (1 John 4:17) We live as Jesus when we tell people about Christ, teach classes, help others, and love everyone. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12) Our struggle is not against people, but against Satan and his lies and deceptions that lead people in the wrong direction. It’s the task of Christians to lead people in the godly direction, and we do this through the guidance of Christ.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 30-31) There is no command greater than these because all the commands in the Bibles become desirable with a heart of love. Without a heart of love, how can we be like Jesus?
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (Romans 8:35). Nothing will separate us from the love of God, and if this love fills our hearts, it enables us to overcome any sinful habit, because we always desire to please God.
Today pray for opportunity to tell someone about Christ, through scripture, handouts, or invitation to church. Always pray for the Lord’s guidance in being light in this world.
Prayer: Lord guide me through life and continually fill me heart with your divine love, because love in the greatest command. In Jesus name, Amen